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Aer Lingus this week celebrated 80 years of flights. On 27th May 1936, the airline launched its first ever flight from Baldonnel to Bristol on this day in 1936.


To recognise this incredible milestone, Aer Lingus has flown the Iolar, a replica of the a six-seater De Havilland 84 Dragon which made that first journey with only five passengers, to Bristol once again, 80 years later.

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Things have changed somewhat since 1936. While its first aircraft might only have had the capacity to accommodate six passengers, the national airline now boasts a fleet of 62 aircraft and connects 12 million people from Ireland and across the world to more than 100 destinations throughout Europe and North America on a fleet including their brand new fully flat business class cabin.

The airline has a long heritage of connecting passengers across the atlantic. Starting back in 1958 Aer Lingus’ flew its first transatlantic flight from Dublin and Shannon to New York. 2016 in particular is a standout year for transatlantic growth as Aer Lingus introduces three new direct routes to North America – Los Angeles, California which began on 4th May, Newark, New Jersey which will commence on 1st September and Hartford, Connecticut on 28th September.

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Posted by:Jonny Clark

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